For those of us who are still scratching their heads as to why Lotus has never offered a true electric car, the following might shed some light.
The gist is that probably the number one car maker in the est position to firmly establish itself as a key electric vehicle, EV player is Lotus. Why? The Lotus philosophy has always been light and strong enough to win races from the get go. With this in mind, Lotus platform are naturals for an electric conversion. If you do not believe us, try the obvious Tesla Motors Roadster.
Lotus, The Future EV Maker? Ever since day one, Lotus has borrowed engines and drivetrains from other manufacturers, so it should not surprise us to hear from LotusEnthusiast that back in the 90’s Lotus wanted its new sportscar platform to be easily adapted to different applications, including different powertrains. If the Elise makes perfect sense for the two-seater Tesla Roadster, a four-seater larger Evora might appeal to even more companies. Is this why Chrysler is putting its Dodge Circuit on hold until a better platform comes out? Makes you wonder…
Technically Speaking. With the evolution of the Versatile Vehicle Architecture, VVA Lotus APX chassis, the Evora keeps the weight down to 1,900 kilos, or 4180Lbs. Its time tested bonded and riveted high grade aluminium extrusions and simple and elegant folded sheet elements are used in the lower structure with the use of a composite roof as a stressed structural member and reinforced front and ends. This car is sturdy and a great EV platform.
So why is this important? After over 50 years of proving on the race tracks that light can be tough, Lotus is now well positioned to take advantage of the EV phase by offering light yet strong vehicle platforms that can be adapted to the electric drive. It would not surprise us to see more and more traditional and car maker startup turn to Lotus for future EVs.